Virtual Merchant’s House Museum

Life in Old NYC at the Merchant's House Museum

Explore the Merchant’s House Museum and learn what life was like inside during the 19th-century!

  • Meet the Tredwells, the wealthy merchant family who lived at 29 East 4th Street
  • See what daily life was like for the servants who lived at the home
  • Peek inside the magnificently decorated period rooms on four floors of the Merchant’s House
  • Get an intimate look at life in 19th-century NYC

About this Webinar:

How did the Tredwell family entertain? What if they got sick? What was the “servant problem”? Did pigs really roam the streets?

This virtual presentation covers four floors in this landmark 1832 late-Federal and Greek Revival style rowhouse, preserved intact with the family’s original furnishings, household items, personal possessions, and even their clothing. Join Museum Historian Ann Haddad to discover what daily life was really like for a wealthy merchant-class family and their Irish servants in mid-19th century New York City. This live and interactive virtual tour offers an intimate and authentic glimpse of the daily life of the Tredwells and their four Irish servants during the period when New York City transformed from a colonial seaport into a booming commercial metropolis, teeming with the challenges and opportunities of change.

About Ann Haddad:  

As Merchant’s House Museum Historian, Ann gives frequent virtual talks as part of her “The Tredwell Times” series, which focuses on various aspects of life in 19th century New York City. Her extensive research on the house and the Tredwell family has uncovered new information that greatly enhances our understanding of the period. Some of that research is reflected in her blog for the Museum.  On the Museum’s social media pages, she brought Mrs. Tredwell and Bridget Murphy, one of the Irish servants, to life through their ‘personal’ tours of the house; also on social media, she offers “Tredwell Times in Art,” which presents works of art that depict 19th century life as the Tredwell family knew it. She created the recently completed reading series, “Women Who Dared: 19th Century American Women Writers,” which is available on the Museum’s YouTube channel. She delights in giving tours of the Merchant’s House to all those who enjoy time travel to Old New York!

Attendees will receive a link to join the webinar after completing the registration.

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